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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2006, 09:53:12 PM »
Rob, sorry to hear about the unhappy news.  I'm not at all familiar with this new diagnosis.

Would it make sense to get another opinion?  I find it hard to believe that absolutely nothing can be done . . .  I think if you were some high-priced athlete that they wouldn't be telling you your career is over.

Would they?

Cindy
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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2006, 01:48:54 AM »
Cindy,

Don't know about another opinion. That's a lot of time and emotional ups and downs to go through again. I do know I don't want another doctor poking around in my knee for a long, long time.

I'll see how the brace works, if it does, then plot some kind of plan from there. I'm trying to get back on the disciplined weight control program, but that's difficult, too, if there's no tennis at the end.

I'm still pretty down, as you can tell, but trying hard to snap out of it. It seems that finding a good, caring doctor who really wants to help is pot luck, especially with the insurance limitations. All those world-class athletes also have world-class money to throw around, so insurance doesn't matter to them. We normal folks aren't so fortunate.

I'll keep you posted on the brace. And my attitude will get better - I hope.

Rob :-\


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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2006, 10:42:00 PM »
Quick update: got fitted for an unloader brace last Tuesday. I requested a Townsend, and the orthotist took a cast of my leg for a custom fit. Said my legs were shorter than normal and more muscular, something I've been telling the OS folks and the insurance folks.

Today, I also bought a recumbent stationary exercise bike. It's a good way to work on the quads and other important muscles while perhaps getting a feel for a future without tennis. Did one workout on it already, and it was fun - not tennis, but better than eating Snickers on the couch.

Will keep everyone posted on the brace and how it works.

Hope everyone else is doing well.

Rob
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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2006, 12:07:44 AM »
Another update. Still no brace; guess it takes a while to custom make one from scratch. Hope to get it and try it this week; supposed bo be in the 60s and maybe even 70s by next weekend.

Have grown to like the recumbent stationary bike; I'm slower on it than I am on the tennis court, but tennis is quick, short bursts. Biking is the long haul. I'm up to 40 minutes a workout and about 10.3 miles, a great 4-minute mile. I use the interval training program, with 10 segments of differing resistance. I can already feel the difference in upper leg muscle tone and tightness, quads and hammies.

I still do upper body weight work with light weights 2 to 3 times a week, all structured around tennis muscles, of course. Have stayed about the same weight wise; I've lost a couple of the three pounds I put on after the visit with the new OS. That means a 36-pound loss since surgery last June. The goal is to get close to high-school graduation weight, but in much better overall physical shape.

Hope everyone else is doing well and not suffering from setbacks.

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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2006, 09:50:35 PM »
Well, the brace came in and it doesn't work. I still cannot push off the left leg or even take that first stride without the sudden, severe pain in the same old place. My old teammates still want me to play this spring, but I just can't take the court at 50 percent of what I could once do.

I guess the knee mechanics were right when they said I should just give up and quit. There's no fool like an old fool, right? I just don't have the energy to push any further. I am so sick of doctors and insurance companies that I don't care if I see another one for the next 60 years. Medicine in this country has lost its soul to the bean counters.

Many thanks to those of you who had supporting words. They were and are much appreciated. I hope all of your problems are enroute to positive solutions.

Mucha suerte to all of you.

Rob
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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2006, 11:43:56 AM »
Rob,

Know that you are feeling horrible right now, but you can't just give up.  When I came back from the Ottawa OS, who told me that there was nothing that could be done for me - not even microfracture because my lesion was just too small to treat - I was devastated.  My hubby hounded me until I made one last appointment and it was with a patello femoral specialist.  Well, you know that now I am a believer..... it is really weird - that little lesion that was spoken about turned out to be a grade IV bone damaged lesion and there was also another one that was grade III & the reasons it hurt me to walk...... Not only did the lesions have to be fixed they had to also do a TTT to change the forces through my knee joint.
You have to find the right guy for the job.  Go see a patello-femoral specialist - that is what made all the difference in my knee.   He knew right away where to look and told me what he thought would work for me and did not mention the word AGE.  You might have to travel (like I did) to see a patello-femoral specialist, but it was worth every mile...................
Please don't give up.  ~Shade
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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2006, 10:35:40 PM »
I had surgery on my left knee twice. The first one was for medial & laterl tears. Doing the scope he found signs of early arth. On my 8th day post-op i fell while on crutches and went through 3 months of PT 3 times a week and still crying myself to sleep at night. We did another MRI and i had tears to my medial & lateral again. the second surgery went better because of all my PT going into it. My knee still hurt because of the Arth. so I tried the synvisc. The shots helped so much, but they did wear off after 6mos. I am know in my 8th month of my second series and still am pain free. To make matters worse I slipped and fell on my left knee and my right knee went straight out in front of me like a split. I just had surgery to fix lateral tears on 2/10. I was doing great and tripped on a vine at 6 weeks post-op and fell on grass. I got up and felt fine, but on the 3rd day afer falling I couldn't walk. I went back to my OS and showed him where it hurt. He said that it was below the joint line and my x=rays looked fine. We decided to do another MRI just to settle our minds and I now have complex medial menicus tears and a fracture on my medial tibial plateau. I go back on 5/3 more x-rays and a plan. My OS didn't even want to tell me the news because of how much I had already gone through. Wish me luck!

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Re: A meniscus odyssey
« Reply #37 on: May 04, 2006, 09:45:44 PM »
Hey, Tired, of course we wish you all the luck in the world. Sounds like you've already had all the bad luck one person should face.

Sounds like your OS is looking out for your interests, which is more than I can say for the two OSs I've been to. Their best advice was to sit back and wait until the inevitable knee replacement. But sitting back isn't my style.

Take it easy and follow your instincts. And be careful out there.

We're all in your corner.

Rob in Virginia.
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